London: Henry Colburn, New Burlington Street, 1828.
Hardcover. Second edition. Five volumes. Edited by Richard Lord Braybrooke. Extra illustrated with over 240 engraved plates. Octavos. Bound by Zaehnsdorf in three-quarter brown morocco and light turquoise cloth over boards, elaborate gilt spines with raised bands, marbled endpapers, all edges gilt. All five volumes are extra illustrated with a total of 243 engraved plates (as indicated in a pencil note), several of which are folded. Most of the plates are contemporary or near contemporary with the publication date of the set, with some dating back to the 1780s and up though the 1840s. Included among the plates are line and stipple engravings, etchings and mezzotints, and also some fine wood engravings, all expertly mounted or trimmed, with a small lightly written pencil note on the back of each plate to indicate their placement in the text. All five volumes have a binder's stamp on the inside corner of the front free endpaper: “Bound by Zaehnsdorf.” There is some light toning and very light foxing. A particularly handsome set in fine condition.